From Bobcat to Eagle

What a contrast: the kid’s first day in uniform ten years ago, and then last month right before his Eagle Scout Board of Review.

There are 29 merit badges on his sash, his National Jamboree neckerchief on his collar, and his Order of the Arrow Brotherhood sash on his belt. I am one proud dad.

Over-exercising and under-eating

This is how I know when I am not eating enough.

The thick black line on the chart is what I am supposed to eat each day on my maintenance program. This is a recipe for about a 1-2 lb weight loss. A year ago I’d have been delighted, but I am learning that the maintenance mindset is very different than the weight-loss mindset, and I’m still trying to figure it out.

Hauling my fat clothes to the thrift store

This is what happens when your body changes after decades of obesity.

  1. You go through all of your old clothes.
  2. You put everything that is so large that it is clown-like into trash bags.
  3. You fill the back of your truck with the clothes bags
  4. You take it to the Coalition Thrift Store in Ventura.
  5. And then you come home to discover you have nothing to wear.
  6. Honestly, I don’t even know what size I wear anymore.

Not complaining, mind you…